General Ramblings

Book Review | Syncing Forward by W. Lawrence

The first thing I want to say about Syncing Forward by W. Lawrence is: Wow. If you haven’t read this yet, go and buy a copy today and read it immediately. When you’re done, you can come back and tell me I was right :). This was another I found lurking in my “re-read” collection on my Kindle, having read it when it first came out a couple of years ago. I’d seriously forgotten how fantastic this novel is. Let’s check...

The Obsidian Witch

Since last week I’ve been working steadily on my new work in progress, tentatively titled “The Obsidian Witch”. I’ve had to take a few days off from writing as I’ve been awfully sick from tonsillitis (for like the 3rd of 4th time this year mind you.) That aside I’ve smashed out almost 7,000 words since last week which is a good start. I’ve been laying in a lot of scenes at the beginning and skipping parts that I haven’t yet...

Book Review | The Running Man by Stephen King

The Running Man, originally published way back in 1982 under Stephen King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman, holds a place in my “Re-read” collection of my kindle. Whenever I’m at a loose end, undecided about what to read next I’ll look through my collection for books I’ve read before and have marked as I want to re-read. This book has called to me a few times now while looking through the list. I can honestly say I haven’t read that many books...

Book Review | Shoot The Dead by Steve Wetherell

I could not put this one down. Metaphorically of course, because since buying it I’ve slept and ate and whatnot, but let’s not let trivial things like that get in the way of good hyperbole. So to backtrack a little, I bought a copy of Shoot the Dead by Steve Wetherell yesterday, and read 80%* of it in one go, then finished it this morning. I’ve mentioned recently in other reviews I’m not one who really likes to go and read...

Book Review | Agents of the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone

Agents of the Internet Apocalypse is the second book of the Internet Apocalypse trilogy by Wayne Gladstone, so if you haven’t read the first one (Notes from the Internet Apocalypse) you really should. While you probably could get away without reading it, you really should read it first. Two reasons: It’s also a really good book, and Book 2 will make a little more sense. Agents of the Internet Apocalypse starts a few months after the end of book 1...

Book Review | The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

I’ll start out this review by saying I’m not the biggest fan of zombie fiction, so when I say I loved this book that gives you an idea of how much I enjoyed it. I’ve read a few zombie-themed books my time, but I don’t go out of my way to find them, mainly because I find it’s been done to death (pardon the pun). That said, I’ve now read “The Girl With All The Gifts” by M.R. Carey three...

Random Encounters

A quickie bonus post today because I had to share this. I’ve resisted the urge now for some time, but today I gave in and Googled my name to see what came up. I was very surprised to find the following image. That’s one of mine on the Kindle screen! Naturally I needed to know more, so I followed the link and found myself on the Etsy page of WeMadeItSew. The ladies who own this particular store hand sew a...

Book Review | The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Miller

“Dinnie, an overweight enemy of humanity, was the worst violinist in New York, but was practicing gamely when two cute little fairies stumbled through his fourth-floor window and vomited on the carpet.” As opening lines go that’s an absolute clanger. Over on Amazon and Goodreads, The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Miller gets a lot of mixed reviews, with lots of people hating it, but many more people loving it. I’m most certainly in the latter category, having now...

Book Review | The Doomsayer Journeys by Steve Wetherell

I’ve recently finished reading the four books of The Doomsayer Journeys by Steve Wetherell, and thought I’d start a new section of my blog where I’ll post my thoughts on what I’ve read. So in this inaugural edition of what will undoubtedly be a most irregular thing, I’ll be talking about the four books in the series: The Last Volunteer (The Doomsayers Journeys Book 1) The Chained Immortal (The Doomsayers Journeys Book 2) The Mad Emperor (The Doomsayers Journeys Book 3) A Dark...

Flash Fiction | Serials: A Love Story

Darius Fargo drove along Interstate 80 in his ’67 Chevy Impala, one arm hanging lazily from the window. The other held the steering wheel with the least amount of effort possible. He was driving through America’s heartland. Miles of farmland stretched out in all directions. It’d been hours since he’d driven through the last town where he’d decided not to stop, instead pressing his luck for his remaining fuel to get him to the next town. Another mile down the...